By Tyler Ragaller - For the Cal Times
The Cal U Inline Hockey team are the 2-Time Western Pennsylvania CRHL champions. On April 5, Cal finished off RMU with a 2-1 series win, for their second consecutive championship in only 2 seasons as a team.
Cal took Game 1 with an 8-6 win over RMU. RMU fought back in Game 2 and showed they came to play with an 8-3 win over Cal. Playing the same team in the finals as they did last year, Cal knew what it would take to beat RMU.
During Game 3, Cal came out determined and took a early 2-0 lead with two goals from defense man Dan Grubic. At the end of the first Cal led RMU 2-1. RMU tied up the game with an early goal in the second. With 1:00 to go in the second, goals by forwards Tim Nadik and Lee Stark gave Cal a 4-2 lead, going into the final period. The start of the third period started in RMU’s favor, when a goal by Cal defense man Tyler Ragaller was disallowed due to an interference call. RMU responded with two quick goals and took the lead in the game 4-5 with 12:00 to go in the third. Late in the third, Cal scored on a power-play goal from Dan Grubic with 5:00 tying the game. Cal then took control of the game scoring three straight, one from forward Dave Constance and two from Denny Angle to win the game 8-5.
As back to back champions, the Cal U Inline Hockey team is looking to continue its winning streak. Tryouts for next season are being scheduled for early next semester for all incoming players and current students. To stay updated on the team, they currently have facebook page welcoming anyone interested in joining the club.